Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Higlands and Islands Enterprise LogoHighlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers a territory of over 1500 square miles - containing some 443,000 people, over 21,000 businesses and 8,000 voluntary and community groups.

Based in Inverness but with offices and staff located across the region, HIE aims to build sustainable economic growth in all parts of the Highlands and Islands. To improve the region’s performance and its contribution to the economic growth of Scotland, HIE delivers an integrated strategic approach to development, focusing its activities under three broad headings:

  • supporting high growth businesses and sectors, so raising growth rates across the area;
  • creating the infrastructure and conditions to improve regional competitiveness and
  • strengthening communities, especially in the economically fragile parts of the area.

Highlands and Islands - working with the Technology Strategy Board

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is now working with the Technology Strategy Board in a number of important areas including:

European Marine Energy Centre: a world-class marine energy research facility, supporting the marine renewable sector and generating significant economic benefits for Scotland.

Centre for Health Science: facility designed to create a centre of excellence and encourage collaboration in education, training, research, business incubation and commercialisation in the healthcare sector.

Digital Economy, ICT and Rural Broadband: ensuring the Highlands and Islands have appropriate connectivity for now and the future and the capacity to adopt new and emerging technologies to boost economic growth and positively impact on remote and rural society.

Life Sciences: supporting opportunities in remote and rural healthcare and wellbeing, natural products and bioinformatics, and participating in the Assisted Living Innovation Platform.

KTN and KTP activity: establishing better mechanisms to engage, and increase reach to, Highlands and Islands businesses with funding, knowledge, graduate recruitment and other opportunities through the knowledge transfer networks and partnerships.

SBRI: actively promoting SBRI opportunities to businesses across the Highlands and Islands

HIE - Support for businesses

Over and above this, HIE offer a range of services and programmes to businesses to support knowledge transfer, technology and research and development. These include:

  • Business and innovation information and advice
  • Funding options and opportunities
  • Interface – linking businesses with academic research
  • Research and Development funding scheme
  • Business Innovation Grants – supporting links between businesses and academic institutions
  • Framework Programme (FP7) – grants to encourage and support pan-Europe business collaborations

For further information on these and other HIE services for businesses and how they can be accessed, please go to www.hie.co.uk

Last updated on Friday 09 September 2011 at 12:22

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